Systemic Cafe – Monday, 26th September

Welcome to a new season of Systemic Cafe. Following on the success of last year where FTAI members, colleagues & friends met to socialise, share ideas, observe, or participate in a short discussion, have a drink & relax we are ready to roll again. It is free. It was our desire to come together in a more casual atmosphere of friendship and therapeutic curiosity that made the Systemic Cafe so enjoyable. This time we have a great new venue with a cosy fire, comfortable seats and warm ambiance (a fine, private section of the original Bar at the Berkley Court).

Venue:         THE D-4 BERKLEY HOTEL

Lansdowne Road,  Ballsbridge,  Dublin 4.

(3 mins.from Lansdowne Rd. DART,   15 mins walk from Grafton St.)

Date:           Monday 26th September 2011

Time:                    7.00 – 9.00pm

Topic: Separating Couples, their children & a “Collaborative Practice” approach

Our three starting speakers are pioneers in the field of integrating a ‘Collaborative Practice’ approach with the therapeutic needs of children when couples are separating/divorcing. This evening’s gathering offers

systemic/family therapists an opportunity to be more informed & possibly play a greater part of this growing movement towards facilitating a non-adversarial, mutually respectful process while prioritising co-operative and positive parenting, during & after a break-up. They have vast experience between them in the actual workings of the legal & mediation process. All three are committed to the ‘collaborative’ approach, and to its development in both in Ireland and internationally.

Dr. Jim Sheehan is Director of Family Therapy Training at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. and part-time Professor of Family Therapy & Systemic Practice at the Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway.

Caoimhe Nic Dhomhnaill is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in child and adolescent psychotherapy. She is a consultant to the family law courts and endeavours to integrate an understanding of psychodynamic & unconscious processes for the child and the family as they interface with the legal system.

Brian Smith is a psychologist, family therapist, children’s advocate & mediator. He co-authored “Giving Children a Voice”. He has developed an all-issues, Integrative & Collaborative Model of Family Mediation. Brian has extensive experience as an advocate for children & families in the process of separation.


For those coming directly from work, The D4 BERKLEY has a ‘Bar Food’ menu (at your own expense!). The discussion starts at 7pm.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) = 2 hours. CPD certificates will be issued by the Family Therapy Assoc. of Ireland (FTAI).